Xiaomi Mi A3 announced with Android One and a 48MP camera

Earlier this week, Xiaomi teased a new smartphone announcement in Spain, specifically referring to the Mi A3, the latest iteration in its line of affordable Android One devices. As promised, the official announcement was made today, and the phone comes with some promising specs.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 will come with a Snapdragon 665 chipset, Qualcomm's upper mid-tier offering which was introduced earlier this year with many improvements to camera performance. It has eight Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores clocked at up to 2GHz and includes the Adreno 610 GPU. The phone also comes with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, as well as a 4,030mAh battery.

For the camera, in addition to the improved processing prowess courtesy of the Snapdragon 665, the phone features a triple-camera setup on the rear, with the main sensor being a 48MP Sony IMX586. The other two are an 8MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots. On the front, a 32MP camera aided by AI will be handling your selfies.

In terms of software, as mentioned above, the Mi A3 is part of the Android One program, which not only means updates should happen more frequently, but some features are also more readily available, such as Digital Wellbeing. It also supports Google Assistant.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes in three color options, and Xiaomi is seemingly following Google's footsteps with its naming scheme - the colors are called More than White, Kind of Grey, and Not just Blue. This is because the color of the phone will shift under the light depending on the angle at which you look at it.

Xiaomi seems to only be releasing the Mi A3 in Spain for now, with the 4GB+64GB model being available from July 24 for €249 at its stores (including online), Carrefour, El Corte Ingles, MediaMarkt, and Worten, with Amazon and FNAC also getting it later on. The 4GB+128GB model will be available for pre-order for €279 from Xiaomi's stores on the same day, though it's not yet known when it will actually launch.

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